Manifest Film’s What Remains is a web series that is based on Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. The eerily creepy series has released the first episode which focuses on three friends who venture through a world that has been wiped out from a new strain of fungus. Read for the goods.
About What Remains
What Remains is an epic live action series produced by Manifest Film. The web series is not endorsed by or affiliated in any way with Naughty Dog or any Sony company. WHAT REMAINS is a unique piece of content chronicling the journey of three unlikely friends as they attempt to survive in a world 10 years after a new strain of fungus as all but wiped out the human race. This series asks the question: “What does it mean to be human when humanity’s time has passed?”
Introducing the Characters
David is one of the sole remaining survivors who has chosen to exist outside of the safety of human colonies in a post apocalyptic world overrun by the fungal infection. He is a stubborn, sultry survivor, and it has been quite some time since he last saw another human unafflicted by the fungus. He lives in a box truck which he uses to travel around town, gathering supplies he needs to survive. In this story he represents a piece of humanity which is too stubborn to let go, even though the world has passed him by. It is through his perspective that we are able to see the world through a traditional perspective, as he holds to the belief that humanity may once again recover to its former glory, and he will do anything he can to help it reclaim that position.
Alex is searching for her brother after a tragic accident left them separated outside the safety of one of the last human colonies. She is aware of his unique ability to resist the fungus, even though it has left him in a condition that may or may not be beyond saving. Alex represents the value of family as a source of hope when all other light has gone from the world. She is a headstrong, no nonsense fighter with a dry sense of humor. Her chief concern is reuniting with her brother, and bringing him to safety. She hopes that by way of his unique condition there may be some salvation for humanity after all.
Andre is Alex’s brother. During an incident some time prior to the events of this story, he and his sister were separated, as he chose to defend a position after becoming wounded so she could escape. He has since developed a unique resistance to the fungus, as is able to walk on both sides of the line between human and the infection. He maintains his own free will, but is plagued with a calling to the other side. An eternal optimist, he represents the perspective of both humanity, and the fungus itself, as it is through his eyes that we gain a sense of the purpose behind the fungal outbreak.
A new strain of Cordyceps, a parasitic fungus which affects its host by altering its brain and causing it to spread. These creatures have all but wiped out humanity either by way of violent killings, or the spreading of infection. Upon infection, the human host’s brain develops into spores, which are then expelled through the forehead thus spreading the infection to additional hosts. This story takes the perspective that these creatures share a collective consciousness, and communicate through the same thread of thought. This particular trait has been instrumental in the annihilation of the human race, but may eventually prove to be their undoing….
To learn more, visit the official What Remains website.
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